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MP Liam Byrne

The West Midlands is losing out on 'knowledge economy' jobs

There are 267,151 "knowledge economy" jobs in the West Midlands. The figure in the North West is 421,467 and in London the figure is 1.3 million.

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne

Midland mayor "could run policing, transport and support for business"

MP Liam Byrne, a potential  candidate for the job, has set out detailed proposals for the powers a Birmingham or West Midland mayor should have.

China flag

Winning Chinese Investment - Focusing on scale and proximity might be the keys

Both in the Midlands and across the UK we need to find some means of bulking up materially for the economic relations with Chinese city regions Liam Byrne aspires to be delivered.

UKTI and China

Chinese investors attend Birmingham summit

Dozens of financiers head to Parliament to learn about opportunities in the city

UK Border Agency

Midland MP believes immigration is an issue Labour could win

Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) has urged Labour to back stricter controls on immigration - and insisted a tough approach would have the backing of ethnic minority voters.

Young Aston Villa fans at the Premier League game AVFC v Arsenal FC.

Birmingham Bishop backs free sport and culture for city's children

Reverend David Urquhart backed calls to give children from Birmingham a chance of free entry to the sporting and cultural facilities the city has to offer as well as open up new opportunities.

Liam Byrne

Labour Shadow Universities Minister: I want a graduate tax

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne, Labours higher education spokesman, says he backs a graduate tax to replace student fees but party is still deciding policy

Liam Byrne MP who is calling for powers to be moved to the regions immediately

Liam Byrne urges Birmingham to convene 'constitutional convention'

Hodge Hill MP and former Cabinet Minister among a number of Labour MPs demanding action to move power from Westminster to English regions

MP Liam Byrne

Government is trying to destroy Birmingham with cuts, MP claims

Liam Byrne, Labour's MP for Hodge Hill, said the Government was not giving Birmingham a fair deal.

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne who thinks the eastern part of Birmingham will be "battered" by the development of HS2

Giant HS2 yard is 'battering' east of the city

Loss of Washwood Heath jobs is threat to green belt, warns city MP Liam Byrne         

Rotting green waste

Neil Elkes: Election fears over Birmingham's green waste shambles

Rotting green waste is still being dumped across the city after the council imposed its 'garden tax' charge

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse inquiry uncovers campaign of 'aggressive Islamic ethos'

Pupils branded "kaffir" if they did not attend prayers and non-Muslim children excluded from school trips designed to teach languages but which were really religious pilgrimages

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Minister admits HS2 rail depot will cost hundreds of jobs

Government Minister responsible for high speed rail says more than 1,300 potential jobs will be lost if depot is built on historic land in Washwood Heath

Councillor Brigid Jones

'No evidence' of extremism in Birmingham schools says city council

Commons committee hears staunch defence against claims of Islamic extremism in schools

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 depot could cost Birmingham 7,000 jobs, claims MP

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne won a debate in Parliament as part of his opposition to the planned HS2 marshalling yard on an ex-factory site in Washwood Heath

The International Convention Centre

Hundreds in town as ICC hosts science park summit

Delegates from around the world descend on Birmingham for an international science park summit.


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